This is London

24 June 2012

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I was at a meeting in a building in central London with a view which seemed to capture what London is these days. The building in the foreground is, of course, Centre Point, the emblem of the 1970s property boom, while the brightly coloured building behind it is Renzo Piano’s Central St Giles building, a distinctive improvement on the rundown Ministry of Defence building that used to be on the site.

And down below: the hole in the ground is one of the many places in London where Crossrail is being built (and hence the cranes). It’s said that for the same amount that’s being spent to tunnel a new rail line across the middle of London, the entire country could have been rewired to provide highspeed broadband. Everywhere. I don’t know whether that says more about the lobbying power of the City, or the speed at which politicians catch up with technological change.

I took the picture at the top of the post. It is published here under a Creative Commons licence: some rights reserved.

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